The Sound Kitchen

Paris gets a badly needed facelift

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, guest chef Anne-Marie Bissada will give you the answer to the question about the man in charge of Paris’ massive urban renewal project in the mid 19th century. There’s some great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


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A hearty welcome to the new section of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidibad, India, Mr Najim Uddin, president. They’ve added a “sub-club” - the RFI Students and Sports Club – to their existing club.


If you would like to create an official RFI club, or transform your existing listeners club into an RFI club, click on the link at the end of the article for information on how to get started.

Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members! Babul Gogoi from Assam, India; Rwandan Vital Munanira, living now in Nairobi, Kenya; Lacula John Mary from Uganda; Bubacarr Baldeh from The Gambia; Chinmoy Mahato from Jamshedpur, India; Mohamed Elsayed Abd Elraheim from Elsharkya, Egypt and two new members from Naogaon, Bangladesh: Mokhlesur Rahaman Mollah and Khondaker Rafiqul Islam. .

Welcome one and all! If you would like to join the RFI Listeners Club, just send an e-mail to and I’ll get you signed up – it’s that easy!

This week’s quiz: On 27 May, Aidan O’Donnell had a very Parisian question for you: he asked you to send in the name of the man who was responsible for the city’s massive urban renewal program under France’s Emperor Napoleon III in the mid 19th century.

The answer is: Georges-Eugène Haussmann, commonly known as Baron Haussmann. Working with the Emperor, the men annexed 11 communes surrounding Paris, giving the city the borders it has today. They tore down hundreds of old buildings and cut eighty kilometres of new avenues, to connect the central points of the city. All the new buildings were required to be the same height and in a similar style, and to be faced with cream-coloured stone, which is the look of Paris today. They built two new railroad stations, the glorious Paris opera, parks … as noted, it was truly a massive reconstruction of Paris.

The winners are: Ujwal Babu from Kathmandu Nepal and three RFI Listeners Club members: Mofizur Rahman from Sylhet, Bangladesh; Mohammad Akhsan from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Ferhat Bezazel from W. Skikda, Algeria. Last but not least: Hyrum Karyea-Mennoh, the President of the Ducor Sea Breeze RFI Club in Monrovia, Liberia.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 17 July to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 22 July program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
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